AS THE Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan Election draws near, the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) has beefed up its campaign against loose firearms.
According to CPPO information officer Major Nolan Tagsip, that they conducted 263 anti-criminality operations since the start of the election period in August 28, 2023 until September 30, 2023, during which 38 individuals were arrested for carrying unlicensed firearms and 267 unlicensed firearms of various calibers were confiscated.
The offenders were caught through Comelec checkpoints and the search warrants served against them.
"Amo gyud ni nga gipangusgan kining sa (We beef up the campaign against) loose firearms specially for the BSKE 2023," Tagsip said.
Tagsip added that up to 104 policemen with relatives running for the barangay election in their area of responsibility have already been transferred to other police stations in order not to influence the outcome of the election that will be held on October 30.
"Ang atung gi-transferan sa ilaha is 1 to 2 towns apart and then naa pud diri sa provincial headquarters in ensure political neutrality for the upcoming BSKE 2023," according to Tagsip.
(We transferred them to 1 to 2 towns away from their previous assignment, and some to the provincial headquarters to ensure political neutrality for the upcoming BSKE 2023).
The CPPO also launched 163 anti-illegal drug operations as part of their fight against narcotics, which led to the arrest of 204 drug personalities and the seizure of 788 grams of alleged shabu worth around P5.3 million and dried marijuana leaves valued at P32,000.
The CPPO also apprehended 192 people for various offenses including 13 most wanted as part of the campaign against wanted persons.(AYB, TPT)